In India you can volunteer in child development, global health and girl’s and women’s empowerment projects. We work in two different locations: Dharamsala (countryside) and New Delhi (urban area). Projects in Dharamsala take place in May, June and July. Projects in New Delhi take place in August, September, October, November and December.
Home to the Dalai Lama, a vibrant Indian community, and several thousand Tibetan refugees, the misty highlands of Dharamsala are a stark contrast to the buzzing cities found elsewhere in India. Dharamsala’s mountainside perch among the clouds gives this rural locale a moving and mysterial quality.
In Dharamsala, you’ll find two very distinct neighborhoods: Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamsala. As the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and the Tibetan community, Upper Dharamsala enjoys more access to resources and services than Lower Dharamsala. In Lower Dharamsala, you’ll find an Indian community that gets little to no attention from international aid organizations and because of this, lacks some of the most basic social services. As a volunteer in Dharamsala, you’ll work in the lower section alongside organizations whose efforts support children’s education and women’s rights – a powerful mission in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring, historically significant settings.
Persistent inequality in India is reflected in the low human development attainments of the country’s most marginalized groups including castes, women, the transgender community, people living with HIV, migrants, and tribal and rural populations. More than 800 million of India’s 1.25 billion people live in the countryside, and a quarter of this rural population lives below the poverty line, totaling 216 million individuals. The government estimates average monthly incomes per agricultural household across the whole of India at only US $105.
Families in Dharamsala face the reality of a rural economy and the pressures that come with it. Very often education is not viewed as a way out of poverty, and children are instead encouraged to contribute to the cultivation of the family land and animals. Additionally, access to health care in rural settings can be extremely limited and under resourced.
Join our team to volunteer in Dharamsala as we support the education of vulnerable children and girls, and deliver public health campaigns to those that lack adequate health care.
Volunteers in Dharamsala greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves. Women, mostly single mothers, need to work to support their family, and thus rely on community support to help with their children. Community groups and childcare centers are present to provide these essential services, but are grossly under resourced and understaffed even in formal school settings. Volunteers assist teachers, conduct early education programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with one-on-one attention.
Access to high quality health care in rural areas is severely limited. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition, we lead multiple public health projects in India including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns, and the promotion of hygiene in schools.
Girls’ & Women’s Empowerment
Fostering economic opportunities for women creates financial independence and the leadership skills that builds stronger communities. These Indian women are eager to receive your support and determined to transform themselves, their families, and ultimately the community at large.